How Consumer Reports tests new cars
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Cars are constantly changing, and so is the way Consumer Reports tests them at its 317-acre facility in East Haddam, Conn.
A decade ago, testing included a session with CRs bumper basher, brake and handling testing in the skid pad, and (for trucks, SUVs, and all-wheel-drive vehicles) a trip through a huge mud puddle. New tests, however, have evolved.